2. He originally aspired to be a serious actor and studied his craft at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Manhattan. One of his classmates in the late 1940s was Grace Kelly. Rickles played dramatic film roles in Run Silent, Run Deep (1958), X--The Man With X-Ray Eyes (1963), and Martin Scorsese's Casino (1995).
|Rickles as Crapgame in Kelly's Heroes.|
4. Frank Sinatra became an early fan of Rickles' stand-up act. According to Rickles' web site, when the then-unknown comedian spotted Sinatra in the audience at a Miami nightclub, he quipped: "I just saw your movie The Pride and the Passion and I want to tell you, the cannon was great." Sinatra's affectionate pet name for Rickles was "Bullet Head."
5. Rickles attributes his fame to his TV appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Rickles appeared over 100 times on The Tonight Show, sometimes as guest host. It was Carson that gave him his most famous nickname: Mr. Warmth.
7. At age 87, Don Rickles still tours regularly and appears on the late night shows with Jay Leno, David Letterman, and Jimmy Kimmel. In the recently-announced Toy Story 4, he will once again provide the voice for Mr. Potato Head.